Sydney Scraba has a bright future in golf. She is currently in her first year at the University of Arkansas where she will be playing NCAA Division 1 golf, and she goes there full of confidence due in large part to some significant improvements in her game. “I have been able to hit the ball further and more accurately, while also being able to better identify what parts of my body are breaking down. I have more confidence over the ball than I have had in years, and better control over how my body moves to hit the ball. Having more confidence allows me to play better resulting in better tournament scores. This confidence also allows me to push myself and play better under pressure” she says.
Sydney is using this confidence to set high aspirations for her freshman year. Never one to shy away from hard work, she wants to be one of the main players on her golf team. “I am going to make sure practice with purpose and with the importance that I put pressure on myself to emphasize the shot in a tournament. I know deep down inside my golf game will improve and will be achieved with all my hard work.”
Her training at the Athlete Factory has played an important part in her improved play and confidence, and Sydney attributes the sport specific programming and elite performance coaches in making her focus on the muscles that have helped take her game to the next level. She states that “being able to train at the Athlete Factory has improved my golf game on so many levels, allowing me to be stronger physically and not be scared to do anything on the course.” The Athlete Factory's focus on not just making muscles stronger, but effecting how quickly they fire, the sequence they fire in and the efficiency of the stabilizing muscles, has allowed Sydney to improve both the direction and magnitude of force. Something that is as relevant to a golfer as a running back.
Next up for this busy athlete is giving back and spending some of her free time with an organization called the ‘First Tee’. The First Tee helps underprivileged kids get in touch with the game of golf. Sydney wants to inspire kids to work hard, have fun and help them forget about their worries. She says “these kids deserve someone to look up to. I want to see the smile on their faces and know what I am doing for them is real. To be able to help a kid look forward to a dream or be able to give them a chance to do something with their lives would give me the up most joy.”